Green Curtains, Goodwill, and Oh Rhett!

I suppose most of us remember the moment.  Movie making history.  Vivian Leigh, as Scarlett O’Hara, is at the
end of her rope…..she has endured so much; yet, remains to be the strength of
her family and the hope for her beloved plantation Tara.  She needs support and she needs it fast, so
she must look her best…beautiful and confident. 
Yet, there is no money in the till for a new dress…barely even for
food.  That is when her eyes fall upon…the
curtains!   With beautiful deep green
velvet and a little help from Mammy, Scarlett is able to go out with confidence
in her pocket.   Lack of funds, dirty
hands, haggard face will not shut her determination down.
I sometimes believe my modern day curtain is simply Goodwill.  Though funds are tight, I can
often go to Goodwill and come out feeling confident and looking as though I
spent the big bucks.  Maybe I am facing a
special occasion, I can always find something at Goodwill SA which
will meet my need.  Whining about money
will only make me bitter and I can’t accomplish anything wearing bitterness; so
going to Goodwill and discovering a confident look will help take me forward.
Chicos jacket #1
Recently, I stopped in my favorite location at Bitters Road
and Highway 281.  I left there with three
jackets from Chicos, one of my favorite stores, and a great silk black
blouse.   These are pieces I will be able
to wear many times and style many different ways.
If you would like to know how ridiculously inexpensive the
accessories are, then please come back tomorrow.  Until then, keep your eyes off the curtains
and go to your local Goodwill ….where your purchases and donations help your
local community.   Just remember Carol
Burnett when she parodied Scarlett in her curtain dress with a big curtain rod
running through the shoulders…..no one wants to look like that!!
Chicos jacket $2
Chicos jacket #3
Then, fiddle dee de, don’t think about it tomorrow, go visit
the wonderful ladies of VISIBLE MONDAY  and MONDAY MINGLE   and  THRIFTERS ANONYMOUS today!!
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51 Comments

  1. Thank you for mentioning Carol Burnett – that never fails to crack me up! (am I dating myself??). Love these new jackets, Pam, you look confident and so stylish in them. And thanks as always for linking up to Visible Monday. xoxoxo

  2. I am absolutely in awe of your correlation of Scarlett O'Hara and Goodwill!! I am going to feel the Miss Scarlett arise in me now every time I step foot in that establishment!
    That shimmery, patterned jacket in the top photo is beautiful and love it paired with the blue.

    1. Scarlett represented a woman determined to survive and protect her own. Yes, she was a little deceptive, but I admire the character's strength and this moment with the curtains represents "out of the box" thinking. Sometimes we have to do that with today's economy!! have a great week, Lisa!

  3. I recently bought a pair of leopard print kitten heel boots at the good will. They're fabulous, and only $10. Where else can you find bargains like that? My best "steal" was a perfectly fitted black Anne Taylor blazer for $15 I. Perfect condition. I don't always walk out with such fab goodies, but when I do it's wonderful.

    1. Some of my favorite pieces in my closet are from Goodwill! It is so much fun whenever I go for a treasure hunt. A great way to get over a stressful day! Thanks for stopping by Heather!

  4. I think we're all dating ourselves by remembering this Carol Burnett episode, but thanks for the laugh. You are an amazing bargain shopper, that chico's jacket is so beautiful and put together a wonderful, classy outfit. I need to try this more often.

  5. I've been seeing so much Chico clothing in consignment shops lately and I always wonder why women get rid of those things so frequently. They're always in good shape and look so nice. I just can't figure out why I seem to find it so often. I recently found a beautiful furry jacket by Chicos but unfortunately the sleeves were a bit too short. I love the jacket you're wearing here in the top photo. So elegant!

    1. I agree about Chicos. I see their pieces alot, but since I like so many of their things, I am glad they are out there. You pose a good question, though. Thanks for reading, Joni!

  6. That is it exactly how I feel about Goodwill. There is almost no need for purchasing stuff brand new when you can get things for so cheap at thrift stores. I just wish I had the patience for sewing so I could alter some of the amazing vintage dresses I see!

    I that paisley jacket you're wearing. Putting the belt underneath works perfectly. You really know how to dress to flatter your figure 🙂

  7. If I lived in USA i would shop nowhere else, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love your brocade jacket so much, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    happy Monday, dear friend.
    Do you know if Goodwill sells on line.English charity shops do on Ebay
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment…the shirt and jacket are actually based in black. I do not know why they appear to be navy on so many of the screens. Thank you so much for reading….have a great week!

  8. Pam I really love that top pic of you. That jacket design is so pretty and the bronzy color is gorgeous with your hair color. It looks so striking paired with the navy blouse. I would like that for myself!

    1. You are so sweet, Debby…one of my goals is to somehow get you to San Antonio to visit…we would sit by the River downtown with a margarita, then visit the fabulous homes in the King William district!!

  9. A friend sent me this quote that made me think of you and your wonderful blog….

    I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    1. I am honored Pearlie that you would think of me with this quote! I grew up in a home of discontent where screaming was the norm of the day, so in my early professional years…I was not a pleasant person. I have learned many lessons through my faith and difficult past, that this is the way to live…I choose joy each day now.

    1. Hi Kristien, I do not know why so many readers see the blouse as blue. Kind of wish it was now!! The blouse is black and I have worn it a lot lately. The fit and silky feel just made me fall in love! Thank you for the sweet comment and for reading!

  10. You've inspired me to take the time to go to Goodwill. All of your finds are wonderful and I can't wait till you post the prices. I love a bargain! Just hope my first time out is as fruitful as your latest adventure. Thanks for writing this blog – I read it everyday and I like the honesty and reality and of course the fashion lessons.

    1. Make sure you are not in a time crunch. I usually go treasure hunting when I am not pressured to be somewhere else…it takes time to dive in and find the good items. I hope it goes well…and thank you so much for reading every day! That is a blessing!

  11. Oh Pam, you look so fabulous in all the outfits but that first one pictured is the bomb! It is flattering and oh so beautiful. You look so good.

    Your Goodwill's have really amazing finds and you are a perfect ambassador for Goodwill's possibilities.

    I was watching something (can't remember what) on TV and they were saying that that particular Carol Burnett skit was one of the best comedy skits ever. It is a classic.

  12. You got some great deals
    I don't know how you Goodwill shoppers do it
    I really have the worst luck ever unless I want to fill my closet with clothes from the 90's.
    I guess I will have to just keep trying
    Brett

  13. You know I feel the same way about G.W. I've been there 3 times in the last week. I love the first jacket and it reminded me that I have a brocade one in my closet that was thrifted because of the beautiful fabric and never altered. Well I say no time like the present and I'm headed to said closet now!
    Have a great week.

  14. Although occasionally I shop retail, like a Loft flash or final sale, most of my new clothes for the past year or so are from GoodWill, Salvation Army, and consignment shops. I try to make sure I wear something secondhand every day, to show that you can get a great career wardrobe on a budget. Love your finds!

    Peace, love, and grace,
    The Good Will Hunting Paralegal

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